Why perform a soil analysis?

An analysis gives you a good idea of the characteristics of your soil and allows you to make the necessary corrections in order to provide your plants with optimal growing conditions.

When?

  • Early spring or in the fall

Information collected during the analysis

  • Soil type or texture: clay, sandy or loamy soil;
  • The pH of the soil: acidity or alkalinity;
  • Nutrient content: P, K, Mg, Ca, Fe, etc.;
  • Percentage of organic matter.

How to proceed?

  • You can use a trowel to take the soil samples; wash your trowel well before use;
  • Gather a few large tablespoons of soil, about 30 cm deep, from different parts of the area you wish to have analyzed (the vegetable garden for example);
  • Place the collected soil in a clean bag or container;
  • Wearing gloves, remove any stones, pieces of wood, and debris from your sample; do not touch the soil with your hands to avoid contamination, which could distort the results;
  • In total, the sample should be about 250 ml (1 cup);
  • The results of the analysis will indicate the amendments required and the fertilizers to be added to your garden.